Announcement: More Bay Area Screening of The Movie to Keep Squaw

Sierra Watch is excited to announce the San Francisco & Oakland screenings of The Movie to Keep Squaw True!

Join us in the month of June for screenings of the Keep Squaw True Locals Shr-EDIT before our feature documentary by the Gaffney Brothers:

JUNE 5

LANDMARK’S CLAY THEATRE

2261 Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA 94115

Doors at 6:30pm, show at 7pm

Tickets: $15

For more info, including directions and tickets:

https://keep-squaw-true-movie-san-francisco.eventbrite.com

         

JUNE 12

LANDMARK’S PIEDMONT THEATRE

4186 Piedmont Avenue, Oakland, CA 94611

Doors at 6:30pm, show at 7pm

Tickets: $15

For more info, including directions and tickets:

https://keep-squaw-true-movie-oakland.eventbrite.com

Hosted at the historic Clay and Piedmont Theatres with our friends from Demo Sport of Marin, we’re excited to offer an inspiring evening focused on Sierra Nevada conservation!

More about Keep Squaw True Shr-EDIT:

A short film featuring some of our favorite moments from the current generation of talented Squaw Valley skiers and riders playing on the mountain that inspires them. Each of the talented athletes featured in this film supports the movement to Keep Squaw True and many have shown that passion not just on the slopes, but in impassioned activism throughout every step of this community’s fight to protect North Lake Tahoe. Run time: 7 minutes

Click here to watch the trailer!

More about The Movie to Keep Squaw True:

When private equity developers and their corporate henchmen came to Tahoe to transform Squaw Valley into a Vegas-style amusement park, they ran into a mountain of community commitment – the movement to Keep Squaw True.

The movie tells the inspiring story of the ongoing seven-year struggle to stand up and defend Squaw Valley, Lake Tahoe, and the Sierra Nevada.

Written and directed by brothers, Robb (Squallywood) and Scott Gaffney (Matchstick Productions), and produced by Sierra Watch. It features an unforgettable cast of enthusiastic Tahoe locals and iconic Squaw legends as they show the world how to band together and stand up for their mountain values. Run time: 56 minutes

Contact Sierra Watch Field Manager, Chase Schweitzer, with any questions at cschweitzer@sierrawatch.org. Both events are fully accessible.

See you all there!

Making our Case for Martis

Yesterday Sierra Watch and our conservation allies delivered our final brief to the California Third District Court of Appeals, the latest step in our challenge to the Martis Valley West project.

It’s a 127-page tour de force of law, reason, and justice – written by the best public interest land use attorneys in the state.  Click here to read the final brief: Martis Valley West Final Brief for California Court of Appeals

It spells out a rock solid case ofhttps://www.sierrawatch.org/making-our-case-for-martis/martis-valley-west-final-brief-for-california-court-of-appeals/ why development approvals for the Martis Valley West project were illegal. 

And it’s how – together – we stand up to defend Tahoe and our mountain values.

Tahoe Fire Danger

Pictured: Martis Valley from above

To review: developers filed their Martis Valley West proposal back in 2013, asking for entitlements to subdivide land on the Northstar side of Highway 267 along Brockway Summit for a new development including 760 houses on the northern rim of the Tahoe Basin.

Coupled with Alterra’s proposed development in Squaw Valley, it would add more than 7,000 new daily car trips to our Tahoe traffic mess.

Even though the Placer County Planning Commission recommended against it, the Board of Supervisors approved the project in fall of 2016.

Sierra Watch, along with the League to Save Lake Tahoe and Mountain Area Preservation, filed suit to overturn those approvals.

And we won.

Martis Valley Lake Tahoe

Pictured: Lake Tahoe from Martis Peak

Last year the trial court agreed with one of our key arguments, ruling that the County failed to assess the threat of catastrophic wildfire “especially in light of its high fire hazard status” and ordered Placer County to “vacate and set aside” its approvals.

This is an important victory that, at least temporarily, stopped the project from going forward.  But it was narrow in its findings, so we’ve appealed that ruling – to make it stronger. 

Yesterday’s brief details how the County failed to follow state law in assessing the development’s impacts on the clarity of Lake Tahoe, on climate change, on forest protection, and on wildfire danger.

Pointing out, for example, “The County did not take the fire issue seriously,” and its environmental review “is inexplicably indifferent to the public’s safety concerns in the event of a wildfire or other emergency.”

(For more on Tahoe development and wildfire danger, check out: Tahoe has an evacuation problem. Should new development be allowed in wildfire zones?)

Tahoe Fire Danger

Pictured: Smoke in the Tahoe Basin

It’s the last brief to be filed in this round; now we wait – the appellate court’s decision could take anywhere from two months to two years.

In the meantime, we’ll keep pursuing our longstanding commitment to Martis Valley and standing up for everything we love about Tahoe. 

Thanks for being part of our ongoing success.

Forest Service Releases Draft Decision to Keep Gondola out of Wilderness Designation

Area of proposed Alpine Squaw GondolaPictured: Hikers on the Five Lakes Trail between Squaw and Alpine

The Forest Service has released its ‘Draft Record of Decision’ on the proposed gondola from Squaw Valley to Alpine Meadows.

And there is some good news – they have rejected Alterra Mountain Company’s proposed route along the crest of the Sierra Nevada and through land designated to be part of Granite Chief Wilderness.

Federally Designated Granite Chief WildernessPictured: The former proposed route through designated Wilderness

This is a substantial conservation victory, an accomplishment Sierra Watch and our allies have been working on for nearly four years.

The Forest Service has, instead, chosen ‘Alternative 4’ – the eastern-most route it considered, and the route most distant from designated wilderness lands.

Alpine Squaw gondola alternaive routes

Pictured: Alternatives 2, 3, and 4 for the proposed Alpine / Squaw gondola

The Forest Service’s Draft Record of Decision accompanied the publication of the final draft of the joint environmental analysis performed in conjunction with Placer County.

Placer County has yet to give any formal indication concerning which of the proposed alternatives it prefers but will likely continue to follow the Forest Service’s lead.  Because construction of the gondola would require a General Plan amendment, the County’s decision will ultimately be made by the Placer County Board of Supervisors.

Sierra Watch and our legal experts are again reviewing and assessing both the documents and the Forest Service’s draft decision as we consider our next steps.

And you can review them, too.  All the documents are available at:

https://squawalpinegondola-eis.com/project-library

If you sent in a comment letter on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement, you’ll find a response.  And if you have any further comments, you have until Monday, May 20, to send them to the Forest Service.

Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows Base-2-Base GondolaPictured: Wilderness boundary between Squaw and Alpine

In the meantime, you can join us in celebrating our success in preventing Alterra from developing land that Congress designated to be part of Granite Chief Wilderness back in 1984.

And we can re-double our efforts to stop them from trying to turn Squaw Valley into a Vegas-style theme park.

Keep Squaw True Locals Shreddit playing at Patagonia Reno

The newly released Keep Squaw True Locals Shreddit will be playing along with The Movie to Keep Squaw True this Thursday, April 4th, at Patagonia Outlet Reno

Check out the trailer below and then RSVP to this free event!

EVENT INFORMATION –

What:

Sierra Watch presents The Movie to Keep Squaw True and Keep Squaw True Locals Shreddit at Patagonia Outlet Reno.

We will be kicking off this showing with the newly released Keep Squaw True Locals Shreddit, then our feature movie, followed by a Q&A with Dr. Robb Gaffney and Sierra Watch Executive Director, Tom Mooers.

Pizza from Sizzle Pie and beers from Revision Brewery and Reno’s IMBĪB Custom Brews will be available with suggested donations going to Sierra Watch.

When:

Thursday, April 4th

Doors open at 7:00 p.m., show starts at 7:30 p.m.

Where:

Patagonia Outlet Reno

130 S. Center Street

Reno, NV 89501

Tickets:

Free!

If possible, please RSVP in advance:  https://keepsquawtruerenofilmpremiere.splashthat.com/

 

 

 

Sierra Watch releases Keep Squaw True Locals Shreddit Trailer for Nevada City event

Sierra Watch is excited to release the trailer for our Keep Squaw True Locals Shreddit just days before it’s premiere at our Saturday, March 30th, screening of The Movie to Keep Squaw True at the Nevada Theatre in historic Nevada City, CA!

A short film featuring some of our favorite moments from the current generation of talented Squaw Valley skiers and riders playing on the mountain that inspires them. Each of the talented athletes featured in this film supports the movement to Keep Squaw True and many have shown that passion not just on the slopes, but in impassioned activism throughout every step of this community’s fight to protect Squaw and North Lake Tahoe.

Get tickets to this awesome event at the Nevada Theatre on March 30th, 7 PM, in Nevada City, CA: https://themovietokeepsquawtrue-nevadatheatre.eventbrite.com/

Show starts at 7:00 PM with Wild & Scenic Official Selection, Big World, and the premiere of the Shreddit. Following a brief intermission, we will feature The Movie to Keep Squaw True with a post-screening Q&A with stars, athletes and filmmakers (to be announced).

Tickets are available now and selling quickly. Don’t wait to get yours as we expect to sell out – click here for tickets!

EVENT INFORMATION –

What:

Sierra Watch with Wild & Scenic present a night of films featuring The Movie to Keep Squaw True at the Nevada Theatre.

Adventure shorts, Big World and Keep Squaw True Shreddit Edit, before the feature presentation, Q&A with stars, athletes, and filmmakers after.

Popcorn, beer, wine, and signature cocktails available with proceeds supporting Sierra Watch and Wild & Scenic. This is a (near) zero waste event, so please bring your own cup or come prepared to purchase your own re-usable wine/drink cup.

When:

Saturday, March 30th

Doors open at 6:30 p.m., show starts at 7:00

Where:

Nevada Theatre

401 Broad Street

Nevada City CA 95959

Tickets:

General Admission: $15 advance/$18 door

VIP KT-22 Ticket: $75 includes reserved seating, Keep Squaw True Beanie ($30 value), stainless steel Wild & Scenic drink cup, and first drink free.

CLICK HERE TO GET YOUR TICKET

 

The Movie to Keep Squaw True Returns to Nevada City – March 30

Sierra Watch is excited to partner up with Nevada City’s Wild & Scenic Film Festival for a homebase screening of The Movie to Keep Squaw True at the Nevada Theatre on March 30!

Join us and South Yuba River Citizen’s League (SYRCL) as we tell the incedible story of a community rising up to defend our Sierra values along with two other great movies: the Wild & Scenic Official Selection, Big World, and a special one-night only screening of Keep Squaw True Locals Shreddit Edit, featuring Squaw Valley athletes and filmmakers. 

Tickets go on sale March 4, through Eventbrite! (click here to acess tickets)

Event Info
When: Saturday, March 30, 2019
Where: Nevada Theatre, 401 Broad Street, Nevada City
Time: 7:00PM. Doors and bar open at 6:30PM.
Tickets: $15 in advance / $18 at the door

Enjoy VIP treatment with the KT-22 Ticket! Named after one of the best individual chairs in the world to ride, this ticket includes reserved premium seating, a Keep Squaw True beanie, and a complimentary beer, wine, or cocktail in a Wild & Scenic Klean Kanteen stainless pint cup! $75

All proceeds benefit Sierra Watch’s campaign to Keep Squaw True and SYRCL’s Wild & Scenic Film Festival.

For other screening: https://sierrawatch.org/kst-movie/

Marin Permiere of The Movie to Keep Squaw True – March 21

We are excited to announce our the free Marin screening of The Movie to Keep Squaw True in Fairfax, CA!

Join us at Splitrock  Tap & Wheel with our friends from Demo Sport on Thursday, March 21. Click here for more details and to RSVP this free event:

Click here to get more info

This is a free event, but you must RSVP through our Eventbrite page. Q&A afterward with Sierra Watch Executive Director, Tom Mooers, and raffle with our partners, Demo Sport and Splitrock Tap & Wheel.

SCREENING INFORMATION –

What:

Free Bay Area premiere of The Movie to Keep Squaw True

When:

Thursday, March 21th

Doors open at 6:30 p.m., show starts at 7:00

Where:

Splitrock Tap & Wheel

2020 Sir Francis Drake Blvd.

Fairfax, CA 94930

Tickets:

Free with RSVP through Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-movie-to-keep-squaw-true-bay-area-premiere-tickets-57980253499

Walk-in’s accepted if room allows

More about the movie:

Click here to watch the new trailer!

When private equity developers and their corporate henchmen came to Tahoe to transform Squaw Valley into a Vegas-style amusement park, they ran into a mountain of community commitment – the movement to Keep Squaw True.

The movie tells the inspiring story of the ongoing seven-year struggle to stand up and defend Squaw Valley, Lake Tahoe, and the Sierra Nevada.

The film was written and directed by brothers, Robb (Squallywood) and Scott Gaffney (Matchstick Productions), and was produced by Sierra Watch. It features an unforgettable cast of enthusiastic Tahoe locals and iconic Squaw legends as they show the world how to band together and stand up for their mountain values.

So join us on Thursday, March 21, for this free screening of the movie with our friends Splitrock Tap & Wheel and Demo Sport! (Click for information page)

See you there!

 

For more information about The Movie to Keep Squaw True: https://sierrawatch.org/kst-movie/

Dig out for Sunday’s 3rd Annual North Tahoe SnowFest Wing Eating Contest

Dig out of this week’s storm and join us Sunday, March 3th, for Fat Cat Bar & Grill’s Third Annual North Tahoe SnowFest Hot Wing Eating Contest, benefiting our work to Keep Squaw True!

What better way to celebrate all this snow, especially after the Sierra Sun reported that more snow has fallen this February at Squaw Valley’s upper mountain than any other month in the resort’s history – over 290 inches!

Pictured: “This is Tahoe’s measurment of the good times people have had,” Robb Gaffney, Sierra Watch Board Member

So come join us as we watch the fastest eaters from Tahoe and beyond test their mettle against each other and Fat Cat’s spicy wings to become North Tahoe SnowFest 2019’s wing eating champion. We’ll be there raffling off Keep Squaw True gear, as well as a signed copy of both Squallywood and the poster for G.N.A.R. The Movie.

Join us from 2 to 4pm, Fat Cat will be offering 30% off Bloody Marys and their signature wings to all spectators. What better way to wind down after all this shoveling and skiing than with your fellow conservationists?

Sierra Watch staff will also be on hand with campaign updates. For information on attending, registration and rules to compete, and more, go to the Facebook event page.

EVENT RULES:

The wing eating competition is open to all amateur eaters 18 years or older who are in good health. Registration is $30 to compete & is currently open — just drop by Fat Cat Bar & Grill in Tahoe City, day-of or in advance to register, open everyday for lunch and dinner!

The Contest
1. Each competitor will start with exactly thirty wings covered with sauce.
2. The contest will last exactly three (3) minutes.
3. The competitors will consume their allotted wings and place the eaten chicken wing bone back into the wing receptacle.
4. If a competitor finishes their allotted thirty wings before the contest is complete, they will be given an additional ten wings to consume.
5. Once the contest is complete, each competitor’s wing receptacle will be taken to be weighed by a Judge.
6. The winner will be determined by the total weight of wing meat eaten, measured by an official contest scale in pounds and ounces by the Executive Judge. In the event of a tie between competitors, there will be a 60 second “run off” to determine the winner.

North Tahoe SnowFest Wing Eating Champion Jeff Stoike

Pictured: Last year’s North Tahoe SnowFest wing eating champion, Jeff Stoike

See you there!

 

UC Davis screening of The Movie to Keep Squaw True – March 7

Thursday, March 7, join Sierra Watch for a very special screening of The Movie to Keep Squaw True at UC Davis!

Hosted with the UC Davis Alpine Ski & Snowboard Team (DASS), this is going to be one great evening as we tell the epic story of the Squaw-skiing community rising up to defend the integrity of an incredible place!

Tickets are $3 at the door with proceeds going toward DASS’s 2019 race season! Q&A with Director Robb Gaffney and raffle afterward!

For more information check out the Facebook event: Click here to RSVP and learn more 

SCREENING INFORMATION –

What:

UC Davis Alpine Ski & Snowboard Team presents The Movie to Keep Squaw True at UC Davis

When:

Thursday, March 7th

Doors open at 7:00 p.m., show starts at 7:30

Where:

Warren and Leta Giedt Hall

Room 1001 (Auditorium)

186 Bioletti Way

Davis, CA 95616

Tickets:

$3 per ticket

Available at the door

Parking:

Parking available at “Visitor Parking Lot 47”, only a five minute walk from the auditorium

For Google Map coordinates to Visitor Parking Lot 47, click here

More about the movie:

Click here to watch the new trailer!

When private equity developers and their corporate henchmen came to Tahoe to transform Squaw Valley into a Vegas-style amusement park, they ran into a mountain of community commitment – the movement to Keep Squaw True.

The movie tells the inspiring story of the ongoing seven-year struggle to stand up and defend Squaw Valley, Lake Tahoe, and the Sierra Nevada.

The film was written and directed by brothers, Robb (Squallywood) and Scott Gaffney (Matchstick Productions), and was produced by Sierra Watch. It features an unforgettable cast of enthusiastic Tahoe locals and iconic Squaw legends as they show the world how to band together and stand up for their mountain values.

So join with the UC Davis Alpine Ski & Snowboard Team, Thursday, March 7, at 1001 Giedt Hall at UC Davis!

For information on other screening, check out our tour page!

See you there!

Sierra Watch Seeks Operations Manager for Nevada City Headquaters

Nevada City, Calif. − Sierra Watch seeks a proven Operations Manager to join our leadership team. 

Founded in 2001, Sierra Watch has built a remarkable record of success in Sierra conservation, spearheading effort to protect Tahoe’s Martis Valley, save Donner Summit, and Keep Squaw True.

The Operations Manager will staff our headquarters in Nevada City, California, providing steady administrative expertise in accounting, office systems, fundraising, and communications.

Experience with Intuit QuickBooks, the Microsoft Office Suite, and database management required; familiarity with relational management software and email marketing platforms preferred; a sense of humor is encouraged.

The position is full-time; salary DOE with benefits.

Please scroll down the page to see entire position description.

Anyone interested in applying should send a cover letter and resume to:

          Operations Manager Search 

          tmooers@sierrawatch.org.

Position is open until filled. Please, no drop-ins.

Position Description

The Sierra Watch Operations Manager staffs organizational administration and manages our Nevada City headquarters.

The ideal candidate has at least two years experience in non-profit management and/or organizational administration.

Core Responsibilities

  • Office Operations: manage office operations including tech systems and data.
  • Books/Financial: manage accounts and bookkeeping; track budgets; prepare taxes and corporate filings.
  • Development/Fundraising: maintain donor database; manage donor communications and direct mail outreach; produce reports; maintain donor files.
  • Communications: manage email outreach; field incoming requests and phone calls.

Experience with Intuit QuickBooks, the Microsoft Office Suite, and database management required; familiarity with relational management software and email marketing platforms preferred; a sense of humor is encouraged.